Oddi 101, Saturday April 5, 2014

It is our pleasure to announce the 4th annual Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North. This student-organized conference is an interdisciplinary forum for postgraduate students of Old Norse and medieval Scandinavia. The primary aim of this event is to provide them with a platform to present their research in a supportive environment, fostering dialogue, exchange of ideas, and inter-department networking on student level.

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11:00 – Opening address

Session I: Gender trouble in fornaldarsögur and romances (moderator: Martina Ceolin)

11:05 – Eduardo Ramos (MA student in Medieval Icelandic Studies), “The Dreams of a Bear: Böðvarr Bjarki and the Battle at Hleiðargarðr”
11:35 – Karyn Bellamy-Dagneau (MA student in Viking and Medieval Norse Studies), “Hervör, A Berserkr Woman”
12:05 – Védís Ragnheiðardóttir (MA Student in Medieval Icelandic Literature), “Meykóngasögur: þróun, uppruni og möguleg tengsl við meypíslarvottasögur”

12:35 – 13:30 Lunch

Session II: Occult themes in Old Norse sources (moderator: Ryan Johnson)

13:30 – Lyonel Perabo (MA student in Old Nordic Religion), “The Image of Seiðr in Old Icelandic Literature: Consistency or Variation?”
14:00 – Anna Solovyeva (MA student in Medieval Icelandic Studies), “Icelandic galdramenn and the legend of Doctor Faust: The ambiguity of sacred and demonic in the fairy-tales about magicians”
14:30 – Kevin French (MA student in Medieval Icelandic Studies), “The Goddess Gefjun”

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

Session III: Textual transmissions and literary influences (moderator: Anna Katharina Heiniger)
15:30 – Hannah R. F. Hethmon (MA student in Viking and Medieval Norse Studies), “Margar vís með: The Holistic Role of Poetry in Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks”
16:00 – Teresa Dröfn Njarðvík (BA student in Comparative Literature/Folkloristics), “What’s under the cloak of the text? Tackling the problematic Beowulf question”
16:30 – Malo Adeux (MA student in Medieval Icelandic Studies), “Cuaran and the North”

Sessions end at 17:00, after-conference dinner follows at Eldsmiðjan.